This painting was inspired by a story told to me of how my grandfather courted my grandmother in a graveyard. They met there as a halfway point between their houses to evade the prying eyes of their parents. The actual setting was from a photo I took in a cemetery in Spain. He is holding a gift for her. Ironically, in letters I have found, he was quite romantic, belying his later gruff exterior. 

- Dixie Salazar

The Courtship

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

36" h x 30" w x 2" d
6 lbs. 3 oz.



Dixie Salazar
Fresno, California

Getting to Know Dixie

Dixie is a writer of poetry and fiction, and her imaginative narratives come to life in her energetic paintings. The imagery in Dixie’s work unites characters, themes, and settings in a unique and sometimes surprising manner. Multiple yet simultaneous storylines and time periods converge in these jovial paintings. Dixie’s work has a vibrant patchwork quality shaped by her fascination with collage and found materials. The strong influence of Pierre Bonnard, one of Dixie’s favorite artists, also has a visible impact on her stylistic choices. Articulating patterns and surfaces with dream-like layers, Dixie conveys movement, feeling, and time in her eclectic work.